Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Associate Director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services

Dr. Kristopher Wells is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. His recent doctoral research, which focused on sex, sexual, and gender differences in K-12 education, received several national and provincial awards including a Killam Doctoral Fellowship, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholarship, Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize for Research, Alberta Teachers’ Association Doctoral Fellowship, and the Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights and Multiculturalism. Kris’ research and community service work has also been recognized with an Alberta Centennial Medal. With Dr. André P. Grace, he is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Camp fYrefly, which is Canada’s only national leadership retreat for sexual and gender minority youth. Kris has been a consultant to the Canadian Senate, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Alberta Teachers’ Association, Alberta Government, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Public Schools, Public Health Agency of Canada, UNESCO, and the World Health Organization. Currently, Kris serves as the Book Review Editor for the International Journal of LGBT Youth (Taylor & Francis) and is a frequently invited national and international speaker on sexual and gender minority youth issues. His most recent co-authored publication is entitled, Supporting Transgender and Transsexual Students in K-12 Schools: A Guide for Educators, published by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation.

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